We Answer Some Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning
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My young adult child is going away to college. Can I still help make my young adult child’s medical decisions in an emergency?
Technically no, unless your young adult child authorizes you to act on your young adult child’s behalf by granting you those powers through the appropriate medical directives. We can prepare these legal documents for your young adult child, so you can continue to help them make decisions for as long as your young adult chooses, especially if your young adult child becomes hurt and cannot make these decisions for themselves.
Can my family members talk to my doctors if I am hospitalized?
Under federal law, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), your medical information is safeguarded and presumed to be completely private. This means hospitals and physicians are precluded from sharing your medical information with family and friends, unless you have authorized them to do so. Many people wish to keep their medical information private while they have capability, but would want hospitals and physicians to be allowed to talk with designated family members or friends if there was an incapacity or death. This can be authorized by completing appropriate medical directives, including an Advance Health Care Directive, Living Will, and HIPAA Authorization.
Should we wait to schedule a meeting until after our baby is born or we are done having kids?
No. You should meet now and determine when the best time is to execute your plan. Our estate plans can cover after born or adopted children, eliminating the need to wait.
What other areas of law do you practice?
We focus on estate planning, special needs planning, elder law planning, and business planning. If you need help in another area of law, we have outside trusted firms we can refer you to.
How long has your firm been around?
Meier Law Firm was founded in 2010. Prior to forming Meier Law Firm, Josh and Laura Meier worked at large law firms for several years.
Can you help with a contested will or trust?
We typically do not handle contested matters, but can hopefully refer you to another local trusted law firm who can help.
Can I special request an attorney?
Yes, you can.
Can I bring kids with me to your office?
Yes. Your children are always welcome here.
Do you offer meetings on nights and weekends?
Yes, but availability for nights and weekends meeting is extremely limited. Please call us and we will do all we can to find a time to meet that works for your schedule.